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Sunday November 1st 2020
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I spent the morning catching up on the diary and other things.  I had let it lapse a bit.  We are on the new clock now so I have to go around and change them all.

I was thinking about masks and about some people insisting others wear them.

  • What if I already had the WuWHOFu and am immune? Like Trump?  Should he wear a mask?  Why? What would be the point?

  • If the other guy is wearing a mask under the illusion it protects him and me, why should he be concerned whether I wear one or not? Does he not actually believe they work? Or does he feel a need to control me?

For the record, I assume masks have some effect, especially from sneezing or coughing, but doubt they do much more than act as a concentrator for whatever we inhale.

Okay.  Here is what drives me crazy. It is a study of one cluster and it appears that the writer starts with expectations and works from there.  As a stand alone, one-off observation, it's interesting and supports what people tend to believe but there is simply not enough data to support the generalizations made in the article.  That is what I hate about "journalism" these days.  The kids just have never been trained in critical thinking.

Researchers show extent of COVID-19 spread in a grocery store

I was going to quote much of the article, but realised that deconstructing the assumptions is a tar-baby.

In site of the article headline, the study does not appear to be a study of spread, but merely a study of incidence.  The conclusions are merely inferences.

This study is interesting, but when considered in light of the uniqueness and small size of the sample--and the probability of error, is just a story.

Just the same, it could be worthwhile if replicated, and could offer some guidance, but as it stands, it is anecdotal, not scientific.

There are many problems with the underlying implied assumptions. The age and demographic age and social profile of cashiers and the front persons is quite different from the back-end folks. There are day and night shifts in the stores. Add to that the fact that some of these people may cluster and even live together and the small number of infections becomes problematic.

Was this study continued elsewhere to confirm the conclusions?  If so, why are we not hearing the results of profiling the other store(s) that need to be examined and compared if this were to be meaningful?

I see CTV picked up on this uncritically,  They say:

"It didn't matter whether they physically distanced, wore gloves, wore masks, or didn't believe COVID-19 was a serious threat. Workers who had "significant direct customer exposure" were five times more likely than those who rarely, if ever, came in contact with customers."

It is one small study, un-replicated, and which raises many questions, but is reported without caveats.

Here is the important (and slightly amusing) part and what I would love to believe because it confirms my biases:

"It didn't matter whether they physically distanced, wore gloves, wore masks, or didn't believe COVID-19 was a serious threat.

It would be easy for me to believe that, but I suspect all these measures have to have some effect, even if the protection is slight and un-worthwhile economically.

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The day warmed to twenty with a light breeze, perfect for walking so Katrina and I went for a walk to see the horses.  It happened though that they were far down the pasture and visiting at the fence with some new horses in a far pasture.  They looked at us but did not trot over as usual, so she was unable to give them the sugar cubes she had brought.  I sometimes wonder what horses are thinking.  Obviously they do think.

After supper, I watched YouTube and was in bed around ten.

Rising Crime in America

Many Seattle protesters arrested are white, from other cities, analysis finds

Nationwide protest arrests show regular Americans, not urban antifa

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George Carlin

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Monday November 2nd 2020
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I'm up at five.  Internet was on for a while and is off again now. This started Saturday and has just gotten worse. I've called Airenet a number of times and there is no response.

My weight is suddenly up and my morning blood glucose suddenly became high recently. I am experiencing some rheumatism and that can be related to diet.  I have been quite careless lately.   I was under the weather for some time in the past months and maybe something has taken hold of me.  Viruses are know to alter metabolism, sometimes permanently. I'm going to watch what I put in my mouth more carefully and be more active and see if that helps.

I'm about worn out with following current events and opinions and figure I should give it up for a while. I wasn't paying much attention for a few years but I figure I'm about caught up now.

What can I conclude?  It sees no one really knows what is going on but most are adamant about what they believe.  Some understand a piece of the puzzle, but few have the big picture and everyone is "talking their book".

A surprising number have no clue at all and I wonder how they survive.  When it comes to reporting or editorializing, although most are not outright lying, most are badly tainted by self-interest and it seems to me that on any story, "First liar never had a chance."

I'm feeling better generally now and have three weeks until I am scheduled to go south, so I have some work to do here.

I began by tidying the studio a bit to clear a path for the techs when they come to fix the Internet.  That job has needed doing for a long time.

The techs came and switched receivers and that seems to have the Internet problem solved.

Vonnegut's Dark Vision Arrived 60 Years Early...

After lunch, I walked around town, then went downstairs and began on the shop cleanup. I did some other odds and ends, too, then resumed the job after supper.

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Tell the truth, or someone will tell it for you
Stephanie Klein

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Tuesday November 3rd 2020
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I woke at 0333, dozed a while and got up at 0433.  I was up for a while, had breakfast, and went back to bed at 0530. My weight has dropped again by two pounds and my blood glucose is more in my normal range. I am feeling pretty much normal, but do have a few joint pains.

At 0500, it was still seventeen degrees out, which is almost room temperature.  Not bad for early November.

I noticed a lot of data movement on my Samsung and discovered that in spite of having phone sync turned off, Google had been loading all my photos to the cloud. That is a huge privacy breach!

photos.google.com has no method of deleting them all (they don't want you to), so I searched in vain for a solution until I came across this article. Bingo!

Google has become a monster.  Apple is just as bad or worse. We are doomed!

It suddenly feels as if there is a shift in the wind. I feel a sea change underway and I'm having to reconsider my plans. I am realising that the idea that we are living a simulation makes a lot of sense. 

If this is a 'computer game', then that explains miracles, avatars, angels, visions, cheats, levels, privileges, treasures, Schrödinger's cat, unique events, and glitches. I've experienced or observed and pondered all these things.  It also gives some credence to the creation story!

I have gone to Jon's for Thanksgiving every year for twenty years except one, the year that  Ellen was diagnosed.  This year I am finding need to go to the West Coast to deal with boats and also half-promised to go to Sudbury for Christmas.  Canada is calling.  I also have a Lake Louise discount card to use and a granddaughter visiting.

If I go to Aliso Viejo, my plan was to go from there onward to La Paz.  That would be easy, but on return to Canada for Christmas I am looking at at least a week of quarantine and maybe two and that makes coming back impractical.  So, now I am thinking to fly to BC for a week or ten days, then come back and fly to Toronto for Christmas.  From there?  Maybe La Paz.

We're getting smarter.

Rethinking Covid-19 Test Sensitivity — A Strategy for Containment

The question remains, is a positive detection indicating a developing infection or simply the evidence of a past infection?  In the former case, there is concern.  In the latter, none.  It appears that at least two samples must be taken days apart to deduce trend. Actually rigour demands three.

Carolyn and I went for a walk, but first we walked here from her place to get some Transderm for her nausea.  Next, rwe walked to the mailboxes and back.

 

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In a time of deceit telling the truth is a revolutionary act
George Orwell

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Wednesday November 4th 2020

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I had breakfast and chatted with Katrina a while, then got down to work.  I'm cutting down on web hosing work and that has taken a bit of hand-holding.

We have another unexpectedly beautiful day.

I notice www.albertabeekeepers.com is up for renewal soon and since I have lost interest, I put it up for sale. Right off the bat, I got some pretty strong interest and some decent money offered.  I'll auction it and give the process a week or so.

I gave C some Transderm yesterday a for her nausea and she is good today.  We did the whole one-mile walk around the edge of town.

I returned home and did not much of anything except make supper.  after, I had a Zoom meeting for the Broughtons Archipelago sailing trip planned for nest year but no one showed up and I went to bed early.  For some reason I was beat.

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George Orwell

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Thursday November 5th 2020
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I was up early and spent two hours on email and Process Explorer.  I was installing the latest version, which is  bit of a puzzle.  It all started when I saw a lot of data being downloaded to my second computer and began to wonder what was going on.  I checked and there were updates for PE, so i downloaded it and then got to work.

I could have just downloaded and run PE from anywhere, but I wanted to install it into the start menu on both laptops and that's tricky if there is no installer, and PE comes in a zip. No installer.

These days with Internet connected devices, it is often not easy to find out what is accessing a machine and why. In spite of having the usual firewalls and protective software running, I am ever 100% sure something nefarious is not going on in the background.  Process Explorer provides a window into such activities.  Task manager provides some insight, by process Explorer is the real McCoy.

I drive to CrossIron Costco this morning to get my new hearing aids.  That should be interesting.

The new aids are interesting and maybe the difference is not as miraculous as one might think, but they do improve my hearing--and I can listen to Audible and Spotify on my phone or have phone conversations without taking my phone out of my pocket.  Driving in a vehicle is quieter and I can hear the car radio clearly on the highway which had become difficult.

After getting fitted, I wandered around Costco, and made a phone call or two, apparently talking to myself as I shopped. On the way home, I listened to AM radio, then Audible.  Had I had been listening on earphones, I might have been stopped by police, but hearing aids are invisible and also unregulated.

I arrived home and continued listening as I brought in groceries.  Katrina said, "Hi", and realised I cannot hear people talking to me when listening. Hmmm.

I had invited friends for supper, so made the meal: scalped potatoes, roasted chicken thighs, and broccoli, cauliflower and rutabaga.

C had had an episode in the afternoon and had become very distraught when she learned her phone was not working during the afternoon and had managed to call her daughter on the cell phone which she activated but had refused to learn.  Her daughter calmed her down and dropped her off here in time for supper.  She was still upset, but calmed down after a while.

Katrina left the party early as she had an exam to write online.

The party was fun, as usual, but I called it a night earlier than sometimes as I had an ultrasound in Drum early Friday.

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 You have enemies? Good That means you’ve stood up for something, sometime in your life
Winston Churchill

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Friday November 6th 2020
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I was up early and drove to Drumheller for the ultrasound at eight, After that, I did some shopping. First, I bought a second bathroom scale seeing as I have begun to doubt the one I have, then went to Walmart. From Walmart I went to  Friesens seeing as Walmart has no produce in Drum. I stopped at the Co-op centre and found that the Co-op grocery store has closed. At Friesens I noticed that although the produce is reasonable, some other items are twice the price at Walmart.

I retuned home at noon and did nothing much for the rest of the day. I compared the bathroom scales and they agree: I have put on a lot of weight in the past several weeks. I'd noticed my summer shorts seem tight the other day, but assumed they had shrunk in the wash, but nope.  I have expanded.

We watched Kim's Convenience after supper.

Quote of the Day
I believe that everything happens for a reason
People change so that you can learn to let go,
Things go wrong so that you appreciate them when they're right,
You believe lies so you eventually learn to trust no one but yourself,
and sometimes good things fall apart so better things can fall together
Marilyn Monroe

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Saturday November 7th 2020
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The Narrative Problem After Peak Oil

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Rather than love, than money, than fame, give me truth
Henry David Thoreau, Walden

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When I despair, I remember that all through history the way of truth and love have always won
There have been tyrants and murderers, and for a time, they can seem invincible,
but in the end, they always fall Think of it--always
Mahatma Gandhi

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Sunday November 8th 2020
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I've been spending too much time on this diary and browsing and have stepped back a bit.

This stag has been sleeping outside my south windows.  Katrina thinks this is really exciting.

The snow accumulated overnight and the winds were blowing hard.  The weather station is still down low and in the lee of the schoolhouse, and did not record the wind.

This has been another 'wasted' day and I am still at the keyboard in my gown. I'm thinking I have to get going.  The dull, windy weather has de-motivated me, though. The instinct is to hibernate.

Wuhan Coronavirus: Florida

Where do you stand on The Political Compass?

Whoda ever guessed I'd be right there with Bernie Sanders (and Nelson Mandela and Nicola Sturgeon) on the chart?  Maybe I misjudged Bernie from watching him on Joe Rogan.  He seemed fanatical.  No wonder the current Dem's gave him the shaft. from what I can see, they would not like me much either.  Or Joe Rogan.

I wonder about this chart, though.  Biden is to the right of Trump and both are up there together near Pinochet and Mussolini.  (Our sad Canadian excuse for a PM did not rate to be shown anywhere on the chart).

I made a meatless chili, my normal food when living alone. I have been cooking for two lately, but it seems Katrina likes the chili, too, so that simplifies meals.

Quote of the Day
Here's all you have to know about men and women:
women are crazy, men are stupid
And the main reason women are crazy is that men are stupid
George Carlin

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Monday November 9th 2020
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I woke at 3:33 and realised I had turned off the furnace last night.  It was 13 degrees in here.  I went down and put it back in gear.

These hearing aids keep turning themselves up to high and everything sounds loud.  When I checked the furnace last night, the sounds had alarmed me and I shifted the transmission out of gear to see isolate the sounds and had forgotten to re-engage it.

Although I do lie these aids generally, I have been unable to link them to the control app on my phone and find they have a mind of their own.  I turn them down, but, after a while find they have gotten loud again.

Time flies. I was under the weather for a while.  My blood sugar was high and my weight went up, but I see the weight is dropping a bit now.  My ankle was acting up and I was generally achy and I was tired and sleeping poorly, but I seem better now.

Today is a beautiful, sunny day so I am more inspired to get to work.  I need to finish the oil change I began on Friday and to shovel the ashes, plus install the new furnace. 

Dawn phoned and is stressed over Larry's death.  We chatted for twenty minutes.

Larry was the dock guy in Powell River for many years and pal of mine.  I always looked forward to seeing him and now he is gone.  He went to bed one night and did not get up in the morning. He was, maybe, fifty.

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The furnace job has been turning over in my mind and I am realising that the cold air return, which is a bit of a chore can be left off at first.  I just need to hook into the ductwork and set up gas and electrical supply and venting, plus a condensation drain, and thermostat--and rough in the cold air retune ducting later.

Instead of going down to the shop,, I did some space clearing in the living room and cut down the big old rubber tree which was getting really leggy and woody. I cut it up to deal with it and got enough cuttings to start another twenty decent rubber threes if I want.  I don't want.

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The things you do for yourself are gone when you are gone,
 but the things you do for others remain as your legacy
Kalu Ndukwe Kalu

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